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One-way system in Newark for Victoria Street/Portland Street/Albert Street considered by Nottinghamshire County Council as part of government Active Travel scheme

A one-way traffic system for Newark is being considered as part of a government investment in walking and cycling.

Nottinghamshire County Council has been given £2.1m to improve walking and cycling through an Active Travel scheme.

Albert Street, Newark, proposed one-way system (43350301)
Albert Street, Newark, proposed one-way system (43350301)

A one-way traffic system would be created for Victoria Street/Portland Street/Albert Street that would be followed by a new lightly-segregated cycleway on Victoria Street/Portland Street.

However, it is competing with six other schemes for a share of the money.

The funding, announced by the Secretary of State for Transport, is part of the government’s covid-19 response to deliver interventions to make cycling and walking safer.

John Cottee, chairman of the council’s communities and place committee, said: “It’s great that the council has been allocated £2.18m towards the council’s Active Travel tranche two proposals, however, this doesn’t cover the cost of all the schemes.

“We are now working to determine which schemes included in the bid can be taken forward.

“Our ambitious proposals in the bid totalled over £3m, which exceeds the funding allocation we have been given, so not all of the schemes can progress.

“We have now got to re-look at the proposals alongside the council’s priorities of addressing traffic concerns, environmental issues and health, to see what is possible with the money we have been given.

“The schemes we are looking at have been generated from local information from councillors and residents and, at the moment, more detailed work is being done to review the schemes.

“Hopefully this will be completed early in the new year and will be discussed at January’s communities and place committee.

“Following this, we will be able to go out for consultation on the schemes that have been included in the programme to seek local people’s views before a final decision is made in the spring.”

The bid covered a series of both temporary and permanent schemes to help embed walking and cycling as part of long-term commuting habits ­— helping to improve air quality, road travel and deliver associated health benefits.

Mr Cottee said: “We are delighted that Nottinghamshire received the 12th highest allocation of funding overall and reflects the ambitious bid we submitted to government in the summer following the £263,250 funding we received in July.

“The cycling and walking schemes included in our bid will be prioritised for their ability to support existing council aims and strategies that deliverenvironmental as well as wider health benefits.

“Now that we have confirmation of the available resources we will be pressing forward with the design of the relevant schemes and consulting with communities as quickly as we can.”

The Newark scheme is competing against:

  • A6191 Chesterfield Road North/South, Mansfield – improvements to the existing on-road cycle lane from north of Rosemary Street to south of Debdale Lane junction to provide a fully segregated cycle track
  • Beeston cycling improvements – A point closure to through traffic on Dovecote Lane to provide a quiet route for cyclists; and additional secure cycling hubs at the nearby rail station
  • High Pavement, Sutton in Ashfield – conversion of existing traffic lanes and removal of short-stay on-street parking to create a new lightly segregated cycleway (e.g. by using traffic wands); along with improvements to the High Pavement/Station Road/Forest Street junction traffic signals (to provide crossing facilities for cyclists and to improve capacity for other vehicles)
  • Randall Way, Retford – a new fully segregated cycleway/footway adjacent to the existing carriageway between Hallcroft Road and the A638 North Road
  • Regatta Way, Gamston – upgrade of the existing shared use footway to create a new fully segregated cycleway between Adbolton Lane and the A6011 Radcliffe Road
  • A behaviour change support package specifically targeted along the Tranche 1 and proposed Tranche 2 infrastructure improvements, as well as in the locations/town centres to which these routes improve access.

The website for the full list of schemes is www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/transport/emergency-active-travel-fund

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